Monday 24 December 2018

FlashFlood Advent Calendar 2018: Day 24

Day 24: Silent Night...

It's Christmas Eve, and for those celebrating Christmas, it can be a time of many and loneliness, serenity and stress, quiet and chaos, joy and grief, and pretty much everything in between.  And for those not marking the holiday, there is plenty of traffic and bustle and Slade to put up with.

In today's prompt, we're going to take a step away from it all and think about something that it is easy to get too little (or too much) of this time of year: silence.


Write a story or scene in which two people have a conversation, but at least one never makes a noise.  It's your choice whether you want to replace speech with other forms of communication, or just relegate the quiet character's talking to the off-camera moments.  Just make sure there is no direct speech (dialogue reported word-for-word in quotation marks) or reported speech (the narrator or author summarising what the character said) within the piece.

For an extra challenge, write an entire story involving more than one person in the same place, with no speaking whatsoever -- on or off camera. 

We have one more prompt for you tomorrow, but in the meantime, if you've enjoyed these prompts, please consider making a donation to National Flash Fiction Day to support future events.  NFFD is volunteer-run and the new team is actively seeking ways to keep the project going in 2019 and beyond.  Any support, not matter how modest, is a great help.


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